Every parent wants their child to grow up healthy and strong. One of the most important things a parent can do is to make sure their child eats a varied, balanced diet packed with all the nutrients needed for a healthy development.
Research shows that what children eat and drink during their early years can affect their health and eating habits for many years to come and well into adulthood.
Eating habits are formed in the first few years of life. It is essential to encourage children to eat good, healthy, nutritional food from a young age.
Dovecote Nursery in Muscat, a top childcare facility offering a premium, British Early Years Foundation School (EYFS) curriculum, values the benefits of healthy eating for little ones in Oman. And, with the new academic year around the corner, wants to help others see value in healthy eating, too.
This is why the nursery, based in Shatti Al Qurum, is launching the #DovecoteLunchboxChallenge, an initiative to motivate the Sultanate’s youngsters into eating healthy food.
Dovecote Muscat believes in nurturing children into confident and independent pupils. This includes reinforcing healthy eating and fostering a positive association with food from the early years.
“Here at Dovecote, we see children’s health and well-being as an important part of their learning and development. Education around food and healthy eating forms a part of our curriculum and daily routine. We provide healthy snacks each day eaten in groups, strengthening the relationship between staff and children. We often cook together or taste different foods together. It is really important for us to encourage children and families to cook and eat together using healthy food and fresh, nutritious ingredients.”
“I’m really looking forward to seeing some amazing entries in the competition,” – says Helen.
“We encourage children to enjoy their favourite snacks. The more creative and imaginative the better. Why not try making your favourite animal or cartoon character out of fruit and veggies or some healthy cereal bars using fresh ingredients? We’re looking forward to seeing all the entries!”
The judges – a panel of school practitioners and senior leadership staff of Dovecote Nursery and its stakeholders – will choose three winners.
Taster week at Dovecote Nursery + Lunchbox & Toy
OTHER WINNERS (Prizes to be announced soon)